SC Governor Offers Unemployed South Carolina Resident ‘Prayers’ Instead Of Stimulus Funds

From Think Progress:

Following the lead of a number of his fellow Republican governors, Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) has given some indication that he will not accept some of the money slated for South Carolina in the $787 billion economic recovery bill President Obama signed into law last week. “At times it sounds like the Soviet grain quotas of Stalin’s time,” Sanford said yesterday on Fox News.

On C-SPAN’s Washington Journal this morning, Sanford received a call from a Charleston resident who said he lost his job because he has been taking care of mother and sister, both of whom have serious illnesses. The caller told Sanford he is “wrong” to decline the money. “A lot of people in South Carolina are hurting. And if this money can come and help us out we need it.” In response, Sanford could offer him only his prayers:

(via J-Walk)

Question of the Day (If Applicable)

Why do you use Twitter?

The Times Online interviewed a psychologist and asked him why people use Twitter:

The clinical psychologist Oliver James has his reservations. “Twittering stems from a lack of identity. It’s a constant update of who you are, what you are, where you are. Nobody would Twitter if they had a strong sense of identity.”

“We are the most narcissistic age ever,” agrees Dr David Lewis, a cognitive neuropsychologist and director of research based at the University of Sussex. “Using Twitter suggests a level of insecurity whereby, unless people recognise you, you cease to exist. It may stave off insecurity in the short term, but it won’t cure it.”

For Alain de Botton, author of Status Anxiety and the forthcoming The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, Twitter represents “a way of making sure you are permanently connected to somebody and somebody is permanently connected to you, proving that you are alive. It’s like when a parent goes into a child’s room to check the child is still breathing. It is a giant baby monitor.”

Using a paintbrush to broad stroke all Twitterers as attention-craving solipsists seems like a simplistic and nescient answer to the question of why people micro-blog. I think that I had a similar illusion before I actually started using Twitter however so I can understand how people may believe that.

I started using Twitter as a way to socialize with people who were reading my blog. Blog comments are a bit restrictive in that respect since they can grow so fast it is difficult to keep track of a conversation and they are limited to a particular topic. But twitter allows me to keep in touch with people in a more casual format. It feels like a slow paced instant messenger service that I can keep open on my desktop and interact with people without breaking stride in my work which inevitably happens when you have an actual IM client running. With Twitter I can respond to messages directed at me when I have a second or just check up on people I follow throughout the day. It’s a 140 character window into friends or acquaintance’s lives while we’re stuck behind a computer at work for 8 hours a day. I’ve never really felt that the people I follow are narcissistic about themselves and feel the need to shout to the world what they’re doing at any particular moment. It feels more like coworkers having a quick chat at a water cooler about events that are happening at any given moment. I don’t mind tweets are mundane or even just plain goofy. I happen to like the cross slice of humanity that trickles through my monitor in a sentence or two.

Bush On Jobs: The Worst Track Record On Record

From the Wall Street Journal:

President George W. Bush entered office in 2001 just as a recession was starting, and is preparing to leave in the middle of a long one. That’s almost 22 months of recession during his 96 months in office.

His job-creation record won’t look much better. The Bush administration created about three million jobs (net) over its eight years, a fraction of the 23 million jobs created under President Bill Clinton’s administration and only slightly better than President George H.W. Bush did in his four years in office.

Here’s a look at job creation under each president since the Labor Department started keeping payroll records in 1939. The counts are based on total payrolls between the start of the month the president took office (using the final payroll count for the end of the prior December) and his final December in office.

Because the size of the economy and labor force varies, we also calculate in percentage terms how much the total payroll count expanded under each president. The current President Bush, once taking account how long he’s been in office, shows the worst track record for job creation since the government began keeping records.